Rust and Bone

Craig Davidson

11 October 2012
256 pages


Rust and Bone conjures a savage world of prizefighters, gamblers and sex addicts; dogs fight to the death and bare-knuckled men fight for survival on the most extreme margins.

And yet these gritty stories are tempered by gentleness, the quiet understanding in the most intimate relationships. A whale trainer’s accident, a boy’s life endangered – where human vulnerability is so close to the surface, the humanity of these characters heralds redemption and hope.

‘Smudges the line between comedy and horror, cruelty and mercy. Remarkable’ Chuck Palahniuk
‘These big, riveting stories are the best I’ve read in a long time from a young writer’ Bret Easton Ellis